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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-council-moves-forward-muni-project-ellsworth-maine

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

The Do-It-Yourselves Downtown

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/do-it-yourselves-downtown-investment-cooperative-model/

In the vacuum left by both traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, community real estate investment cooperatives offer a glimpse of a better way to channel capital, with benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and a return on investment. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

Rochester Pursues Business Case Study for Muni Network in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rochester-pursues-business-case-study-muni-network-minnesota

The Rochester City Council recently voted unanimously to move forward with a study on the possibilities of publicly owned broadband in this southeastern city. Rochester will then decide whether to move forward with bids to form a public-private partnership for a network, or pursue another path. After receiving dozens of calls from his constituents, City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

Christopher Mitchell on KSTX, Texas Public Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-kstx-texas-public-radio

Chris Mitchell spoke on TPR’s “The Source” about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s support of Title II reclassification and future prospects for networks like The San Antonio Area Broadband Network (SAABN).  Guests discussed how TV and Cable Lobbyists were able to create barriers to networks, whether the FCC has the power to preempt rules that limit… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Chris responds to President Obama’s endorsement of community networks on MPR’s “Daily Circuit”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-responds-president-obama%E2%80%99s-endorsement-community-networks-mprs-daily-circuit

Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit (MPR) interviewed Chris about President Obama’s recent endorsment to end restrictions on states that limit local broadband authority. Chris and Danna Mackenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, answered questions about what Obama’s announcement means for faster, cheaper, more reliable Internet for consumers.  Chris explained that it’s… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-20

Next week the FCC will make a landmark decision that will affect the future of community networks. Here’s a roundup of stories. Hate Your Internet Service Provider? You Should Have Feb. 26 Circled on Your Calendar by Daniel B. Kline, Motley Fool The state of city-run Internet by Allan Holmes, Center for Public Integrity The Center… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

Could Solar Shine in a Tucson City-Utility Partnership?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/solar-shine-tucson-city-utility-partnership/

A city in the sunny southwest, Tucson is wondering how it can maximize its use of cost-effective, economy-boosting solar power. Is a partnership with the electric utility, as seen in Minneapolis, the answer? ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy gave this presentation to several audiences on a recent (delightful) visit to Tucson, Arizona, to explore the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

USA Today Leadership Latest to Support Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/usa-today-leadership-latest-support-munis

USA Today recently joined the growing list of national press to publicly support local telecommunications authority. In its February 16th opinion piece, the Editorial Board commented on the proposed rule being considered by the FCC that would allow local communities to chart their own course with no preemption from state legislatures: The FCC should stand… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

Republican Rep. McMorris Rodgers on Broadband as Essential Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/republican-rep-mcmorris-rodgers-broadband-essential-infrastructure

President Obama is not the only Washington politician who is coming out to describe broadband networks as critical infrastructure. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican Representative for the 5th congressional district in the state of Washington recently said the same at the Internet Policy Conference, hosted by the Internet Education Foundation in Washington DC. C-SPAN televised… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

Christopher Mitchell discusses Net Neutrality on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Daily Circuit.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-discusses-net-neutrality-minnesota-public-radio%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cdaily-circuit%E2%80%9D

Last fall, MPR’s “Daily Circuit” interviewed Chris regarding President Obama’s net neutrality plan and how it could shape the future of the Internet. Chris discussed why Obama’s request that Internet service be reclassified under Title II is necessary, but not sufficient to solve current market problems. Chris explained that right now consumers have very few… Continue reading